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by George Malik on 04/06/11 at 08:53 PM ET
Update Wings coach Mike Babcock told Fox Sports Detroit’s Trevor Thompson that he has, “No idea about Z, it looks like he got his leg tangled up, he’ll get looked at by the Wings’ team doctor and they’ll go from there.”: Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg twisted his left ankle in a collision with a player who once broke his leg in Hurricanes defenseman Bryan Allen during the first period of Wednesday night’s game, with Zetterberg’s left leg and ankle getting caught underneath him and Allen stood him up at the Canes’ blueline, and after trying to continue playing in pain, he left the ice with a noticeable limp and trainer Piet Van Zant. MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that the Wings don’t plan on taking any chances with Zetterberg’s health going forward:
Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg left Wednesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes in the first period with an apparent lower-body injury and won’t return, the club said.
Zetterberg was shaken up on a hit by Bryan Allen in the neutral zone with 8:14 left in the first period. He limped to the bench, where he was attended to by trainer Piet Van Zant. Following a TV timeout, Zetterberg took another shift. Then he headed to the dressing room.
Update: The Free Press’s Helene St. James confirms:
Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg left in the first period of tonight’s game against Carolina.
Zetterberg limped off around the 12-minute mark, shortly after getting hit at the blue line by defenseman Bryan Allen. A team spokesman said Zetterberg has a lower body injury and will not return. Zetterberg hasn’t missed a game this season.
The Wings finish their regular season with a home-and-home series Friday and Sunday against Chicago.
Update 8:09 PM: Here’s Ted Kulfan’s report:
Just the type of news the Red Wings didn’t want to hear so close to the playoffs.
Henrik Zetterberg won’t be returning to this game against the Hurricanes because of a lower body injury.
Zetterberg was stood up by Carolina defenseman Bryan Allen at the blue line and got up slowly.
Zetterberg played another shift, but didn’t feel right and was limping slightly heading into the locker room. It could be his ankle that’s bothering him.
Kulfan’s main article sounds a little more playoff-worthy:
Henrik Zetterberg left Wednesday’s game in the first period after being hit by Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Bryan Allen.
Zetterberg got up slowly and appeared to be favor his side as he left the ice toward the locker room.
The Wings announced after the period Zetterberg was out with a lower body injury and wouldn’t return.
No limp there, ahem.
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